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The 6th annual Tennis For Tumors event had a successful tournament. The event was held on May 5th, 2012 at the Beerman Family Tennis Center located in Lakeland Florida. The tennis tournament raised $44,000 dollars in support of research grants for childhood brain tumors to help find a cure.

Brittany Truitt initiated Tennis For Tumors after she had a brain tumor removed in August 2007. The purpose of the tournament is to fund research and find new treatment options for children with brain tumors. The tournament also strives to raise public awareness of brain tumors. 

Jeff McCardle and Paul Walker organized the teams and directed the tournament. The tournament included junior, young adult, and adult divisions. The participants were divided into girls, boys, mixed junior, women, and men, mixed adult, and mixed young adult teams. Paula McCardle coordinated the kids’ camp with drills and games. The directors of both the tournament and kids camp did an amazing job running the event. 

Tennis For Tumors is thankful for the sponsors of the event. The success of the event would not be possible without their donations and participation. 


Corporate Sponsor

  • Lab Corp 

Court Sponsors

  • Dr. Larry and Tina Thomas
  • Raymond and Barbara Sheldon
  • C.C. Calhoun, Inc.
  • S.R. Wright & Co. CPA’s
  • Pain Management Associates
  • Dr. Michael Simon and Dr. Jorge Villarreal
  • Yates and Hagan
  • W&M Environmental
  • All Saints’ Academy
  • Lakeland Christian School
  • ATR Radiology
  • D-N-R Entertainment

We would also like to thank the participants, local businesses, and families for their involve-ment. The response is truly amazing and Tennis For Tumors thanks everyone who donates and volunteers. 

Brett Truitt was the chairman and Shannon Griffin was the co-chair of the event. The board members consisted of a group of high school students re-sponsible for planning, organizing, and carrying out the details of fundraising and the tournament. The other board members dedicated to this cause is as follows: Mason Bellar, Isabella Bogdahn, Madison Campbell, Blake Dantzler, Erika Fox, Savannah Griffin, Alex Hall, Anna Holt, Holleman Hughes, Nelson Hughes, Huan Huyah, Hayley Lockwood, Meredith Mancini, Mere-dith Marshall, Dylan Nguyen, Tyler Pate, Ann Portlock, Taylor Oliver, Devin Patel, John Portlock, and Brigetta Truitt. The students were comprised from Polk County and included public and private schools as listed: All Saints’ Academy, Lakeland Christian, Winter Haven High School, Lake Region High School, Santa Fe Catholic, Lakeland High School, and Grace Lutheran. The board members did an amazing job taking action against brain tumors. 


Over 800 people registered for the Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation's (CBTF) Superheroes 5K and Kids' Fun Run.  Team Jaimin brought the largest team and supporters, raising over $15,000 in honor of Jaimin; Team Awesome Alicia 2012 raised over $11,000, also bringing their awesome supporters, and Team Yehudis was the third highest fundraising team and also brought a large group of friends and families again this year. Tay's Team and Team Alexandra, nearly tied on the Thursday before race day were in the top five for raising funds. Each of the top five team captains were presented award medals in appreciation for their extraordinary efforts.

All of the teams did an outstanding job rallying friends and family.  It was a gloriously beautiful fall day, all of the children that participated in the Kids' Fun Run proudly received their medals, plenty of food to nosh on, and awards were presented to the top three overall and the top three finishers in each age category.

Words cannot begin to express our sincere and deep appreciation to all of the fantastic volunteers, teams, individuals, and supporters.  Sam's Army set up a table at the event.  Team Yehudis provided an opportunity for supporters to purchase her beautiful hand-made crocheted items to add to her team's contribution toward research.

We also had sponsorship support, donated toward CBTF's primary initiative to fund pediatric brain tumor research to find cures and improve quality of life for the children.  Team Jaimin obtained support from DIOA/GOCA; TREVORstrong obtained sponsorship from Whittle's Physical Therapy, Iron Man ReShon from Promised Land Baptist Church and Radio-One, and Team Jordan from the Second Chance Band, JKS Spirit Fund, Wesley Chapel, and the Urbana VFD.

CBTF felt truly blessed to have the dedicated support of every single participant, supporter, volunteer, vendor, individual, and community.  We could not achieve our mission goals without all of our supporters.  Thank you.  Join us again next year for the next Superheroes event!

Chevy Chase, Md October 14, 2012


Chevy Chase, Md October 14, 2012

The Reston Youth Triathlon, Be AMYazing! inaugural event was held in May 2011 and sold out in under 18 hours. While this year's event also sold out quickly, you can still support Be AMYazing and the Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation through donations to Amy's Amigos.

The triathlon is sponsored by Amy’s Amigos in conjunction with The Core Foundation. Amy's Amigos is a South Lakes High School club, who focuses on raising money for brain cancer research and empowering young adults to live fit and have fun. Amy’s Amigos formed in 2008 in memory of Amy Boyle, a sixth grader who lost her battle with brain cancer. Inspired by Amy’s spirit, athleticism and love of life, Amy’s Amigos has participated in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life for the past three years and held numerous fund raising activities to raise more than $30,000 since its inception. The proceeds from Reston Youth Triathlon, Be AMYazing! will go to the Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation.

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On Thursday, May 19, 2011, Cook and Zook of Long & Foster Realtors hosted their 2nd annual golf tournament at the Pleasant Valley Golf Course in Chantilly, Virginia.  Ryan Zook and Brian Cook welcomed the participants and emphasized the importance of charitable giving.  Parent, Kristin Dundon; survivor, Nick Keene; and parent/CBTF president, Jeanne Young each thanked “Cook and Zook,” the participants, and the sponsors, and they shared a personal story to underscore the importance of the day.

CBTF is deeply grateful to Ryan, Brian, and Kristin for choosing us as the charity to benefit from the proceeds.



An exciting event, Amyazing Reston Youth Triathlon, was held on Sunday, May 22, 2011, in South Reston and started at the Ridge Heights Pool and ended at South Lake High School.  The event was held in memory of Amy Boyle, a very courageous and fun-loving young lady, who lost her battle to a pediatric brain tumor in 2008.  The “Amy” inspired event attracted over 200 enthusiastic participants, ages six to 15 and included a run, biking and swimming.
The Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation is very grateful to Jodie, Amy’s Amigos, and the Boyle family for organizing a fantastic event; and to the supporters who really got into the spirit of the day!



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